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Roney Plaza: 1939

Roney Plaza: 1939

April 1939. "Collins Avenue. Entrance to one of Miami Beach's better hotels." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Queen's Black Tiara -- A Film Noir

House detective Bill Laaw stands guard at the entrance as the notorious jewel thief Eddie "High Pants" Lowe looks for a weak spot in the hotel's defenses. To the left stands femme fatale Maude Merry, another jewel thief, who plans on compromising Bill Laaw to allow her the run of the hotel.

However before she sets her plan in action she meets Eddie at the Pink Flamingo Bar and they start a furious romance that may bring down Billy Laaw who put Eddie's father in Sing Sing for a crime he didn't commit and reward them with the fabulous Maltese Queen's Black Tiara.

Will our two lovers escape the fate of most Film Noir characters and retire to Bimini with their treasure instead of one being brought down by a hail of bullets and the other off to Sing Sing to join his father?

Pampered '37

Rare though it may be to see a Depression photo of a pristine 2-year-old car, that Buick is actually a '37 -- not a '38, which differs from the '37 only slightly by virtue of a more aggressive grille consisting of heavier chrome bars terminating in a radial curve as they meet the hood side panels.

The Other Car in the Photo

What is that car lurking in the hubcap?

Missed It By That Much

That '39 Buick is actually a '37.

Both beautiful examples of their eras

Lovely Beaux Arts architecture and up-to-the-minute 1939 1938 1937 Buick.

Torn Down on July 17, 1968

Re: America at its best

I do! The suit and the two-tone shoes.

It didn't burn down

I guess it wasn't flammable enough. They had to demolish it in 1968 to build the 'Roney Plaza Apartments'.

Arrest that man!

Imagine! Appearing in public without a hat!

America at its best

I can’t decide what’s better: the building or the car.

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